St Munchin’s Feb 8

FLOOD VICTIMS: Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people who are suffering from the effects of the dreadful storms and flooding we have experienced in recent days. These families need all the help and assistance they can get. Thankfully our neighbourhood did not fall victim to the awful flooding and we can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to have dirty water swirling around in your home.

FLOOD VICTIMS: Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people who are suffering from the effects of the dreadful storms and flooding we have experienced in recent days. These families need all the help and assistance they can get. Thankfully our neighbourhood did not fall victim to the awful flooding and we can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to have dirty water swirling around in your home.

Thankfully so many good people are doing their best to help those in need of assistance. Once again our parish Community Centres – St. Munchin’s in Kileely Court and St Munchin’s Family Resource Centre in Ballynanty - have come to the rescue offering their hospitality and assistance to flood victims from all areas. Again we offer our prayers for all concerned and hope that vital funds will be made available immediately so that families can return to their homes as soon as possible.

ST MUNCHIN’S CBS: On Thursday February 13 St Munchin’s Christian Brothers School, Shelbourne Road, will hold an open day from 10 am for all parents and pupils in first class. As the notice says – an open day – so all are welcome.

VALENTINES DAY: Friday next February 14 we will be celebrating St. Valentine’s Feast Day. Hopefully Love will be in the air and the Postman will be busy.

Not a lot is known about St Valentine except that he died on February 14 in the north of Rome in the thirteenth century. One legend states that he was a Roman Priest at a time when Emperor Claudius II had forbidden marriages between young people. Because of performing marriages in secret Valentine was imprisoned and tortured.

The story goes that the daughter of one of his jailers was kind to him while he was in prison and before he died he sent her a letter of thanks signing it- “from your Valentine”. Little did he know then what a huge industry he was establishing.

We know there’s a recession, we’re up to our ears with politicians and their promises, and the weather is awful, so why not take a break and enjoy St. Valentine’s Day. You don’t really have to buy a card, just be nice to someone and tell them you Love them. That’s all it takes.

RADIO RECEIVERS: I am prompted to remind parishioners that we have in our parish a project whereby radio receivers may be purchased to enable housebound parishioners tune in daily to masses and ceremonies in our Church. This is a wonderful opportunity to keep people in touch with their Church and not feel so isolated.

Perhaps you have a family member or friend who would benefit from owning one such radio, then contact our sacristan Martin who will look after you (tel. 061 455133).

The receiver, which operates in our parish within a certain radius of the Church, costs just €35. Just think what joy that would bring to someone.

SACRISTAN AVAILABILITY: Martin Clohessy Sacristan in St Munchin’s Church is available to issue Baptismal certificates, book anniversary Masses, Weddings, etc from 9am to 11am and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm from Mondays to Thursdays. St Munchin’s Church Telephone number is 061-455133.

DIOCESAN HISTORY: Copies of a beautifully illustrated book devised by Liam Irwin and edited by David Bracken, entitled ‘The Diocese of Limerick’ giving the history of the diocese, costing €20, is still available. As well as Religious Orders – Dominicans, Franciscan, Augustinians etc - it includes a very interesting history of all the parishes in the diocese. The section relating to St Munchin’s and St Lelia’s makes for very interesting reading.

The Book costing €20 is available in our Sacristy and would make a lovely welcome present for some lucky person.

ST BlAISE: Monday last being the Feast of St Blaise, we had the traditional ceremony of the blessing of throats following Mass in both St Munchin’s and St Lelia’s Church.

St Blaise was Bishop at Sebaste in Central Turkey in what was then the Roman province of Armenia-Cappadocia. He was martyred in 316 AD. The most widely known story about St Blaise tells us that when he was captured and was on his way to prison a young boy was brought to him in danger of choking from a fishbone lodged in his throat. Blaise prayed over him and he was cured – hence the patron saint of people with throat ailments.

CONDOLENCES: We offer our sincere sympathy to Phonsie Yelverton, Thomondgate, on the death of his sister Molly Cunningham of Athlunkard St, in St Mary’s parish. Sympathy also to the families of the following who died recently: ANN RYAN nee Williams of Stenson Park, Farranshone. Mother of the late Keith. She is survived by her husband Joe, daughters Geraldine and Eleanor, sons Trevor, Leonard, Thomas, Shane, Kieran, Michael, Joe and Gerard. Also regretted by her sisters, bothers, son-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Removal took place from Griffins Funeral Home on Tuesday to St Munchin’s Church. Burial took place in Mount St Lawrence extension Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St Munchin’s Church.

BERNADETTE McINERNEY, Ballynanty Road. She is survived by her brothers Freddie, Gerard and Paul, sisters Marie, Rita and Philomena, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Her requiem Mass took place in St John’s Cathedral followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium.

FRANCES HEHIR nee McInerney, Cliona Park and Shanabooly Road, Ballynanty. Wife of the late Christopher and mother of the late Patrick and Michael. She is survived by son Christy, daughters Mary and Eileen, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. Removal from Griffin’s Funeral Home to St Munchin’s Church with burial in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery on Wednesday following requiem Mass in Munchin’s Church. May they Rest in Peace.